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MS Xbox World (Jul 30, 2009)
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is a welcome game and one that doesn't just follow the tried and trusted formula of the 'movie tie-in' video game. The developers have actually tried to add some personality and quirks of their own (albeit unoriginal) and in this case works very well. If you're a fan of the movies, then this is highly recommended especially for younger gamers, although it's questionable as to how well it would stack up for slightly older gamers who are well skilled with video games. Either way, it's fun, entertaining and well worth picking up whether you're renting or purchasing. It's clear the game is aimed at the younger market, and in this respect succeeds comfortably in what it sets out to do.
Game Chronicles (Jul 06, 2009)
I would recommend Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs to just about anyone looking for a totally fun and moderately challenging gameplay experience with all of the flavor and style of the Ice Age movies. With so many game variations, this is the ultimate sampler platter of video gaming and non-stop fun from start to finish.
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs makes for good fun on the Xbox 360, but doesn't wow us in the graphics department. The film was beautiful, and much of those cool settings made their way into the game. Playing as your favorite characters from the film is a blast, even if the extended platforming can get tedious. Platformer fans will eat up the chance to earn some good achievements and relive the film on their Xbox 360, and novice players will have plenty of cues and help. Young players will especially like the cut scenes, expanding on content from the film without making just a drab imitation. Licensed games are earning their keep as an important tie-in, when the developers get it right. These folks are doing something right, and anyone that enjoyed the Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs film will have good fun on this Xbox 360 version.
Totally Gaming Network (Jul 15, 2009)
There is also a challenge mode for everyone to enjoy. The basic premise here is that you complete a level as fast as you can. Then another person goes through the same level and tries to beat your time with the top three times being displayed. It is another way to get everyone involved and could extend the replayability of this title for those who enjoy it. Overall Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is a pretty good movie title. It is a great game that you can play with the entire family without having to worry about violence or anything of that nature. While the gameplay does tend to get a bit repetitive at the end kids should have fun controlling their favorite characters throughout the whole adventure. If you are a fan of the movie be sure to give this game a chance.
GameZone (Jul 13, 2009)
In conclusion, there’s even a multiplayer component that allows for offline mini-games to be played with friends. The replay value of Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is much higher than expected, so if you are looking for a new family game to purchase, put Dawn of the Dinosaurs on your shopping list the next time you visit your local electronics store.
Planet Xbox 360 (Aug 05, 2009)
So in short, yes, the gameplay is diverse enough to keep gamers interested for the length of the game. When you boot up Dawn of the Dinosaurs, ask yourself this. What was the last video game you enjoyed that was based on a film? If it takes you some time to think about it, it’s best to smile and move on as Dawn of the Dinosaurs offers a compelling time for gamers to be engaged in. Almost all of the actors have returned to provide their voices, the visuals aren’t half-bad and there’s offline multiplayer to keep players coming back for more. To all parents: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is a must-have title for your children on the Xbox 360 – don’t hesitate any longer, rent or buy the prehistoric video game as soon as you can.
XboxAchievements (Jul 31, 2009)
A pleasing adaptation of a family-favorite franchise. All around good fun and despite the short length, there is plenty of extras to come back to. Not exactly a blockbuster title, but a nice addition to a child's catalogue for sure. The older crowd can at least appreciate it for a bit of fun and an easy gamerscore boost.
GamingExcellence (Aug 08, 2009)
Overall, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is a fun game. Parents looking for a good clean game for the kids to enjoy should look no further. Even older gamers who are fond of the movies or looking for a decent adventure game with a large amount of platforming will enjoy this title. The game doesn't offer incredible depth aside from going back to collect crystals or trying to improve your challenge scores, but for what it is, a children's game based off a movie, and at its reduced price, its hard to go wrong. Technically the game presents no bugs and the gameplay, story, and overall presentation make it so that any one from the occasional, to hardcore gamer will get some enjoyment out of this game.
Lawrence (Jul 21, 2009)
Ice Age isn't a great game, but it's far better than I expected from an animated movie tie-in. The constantly-changing gameplay types ensure that you won't get tired of it, which makes it great for the young, attention span-deprived demographic that Activision is going for.
Worth Playing (Jul 31, 2009)
For an easy game promoting, and promoted by, a movie license, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs does a good job for itself. It doesn't reach, dares only be adorable and appealing to fans of the movies, and, likely by sticking to these short-range guns, spares itself the unmitigated disasters often foisted on us by lots of less worthy tie-in games. For the child and the child in all of us, give it a whirl, but if you steadfastly insist you grew up a long time ago, please move along; there's nothing for you to see here.
Xboxdynasty (XD) (Aug 20, 2009)
Ice Age 3: Die Dinosaurier sind los spielt sich herrlich unkompliziert und sehr kinderfreundlich. Die 15 Missionen gestalten sich sehr abwechslungsreich und entführen euch gekonnt in die Welt von Ice Age. Neben den Hauptfiguren, die stellenweise echt zu kurz kommen, übernehmt ihr hin und wieder auch die Kontrolle vieler weiterer Figuren, wie zum Beispiel Buck oder Scrat, der auf der ewigen Suche nach seiner Haselnuss fast schon seinen Verstand verliert. Diese eingeworfenen Side-Scroller Herausforderungen sind zwar sehr kurz, lockern das Spiel aber enorm auf. Ansonsten gestaltet sich Ice Age 3: Die Dinosaurier sind los gerade für Kinder enorm abwechslungsreich und spannend.
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs continues the trend of solid movie-to-game conversions. Couple this with the idea that it is also a kids game that usually translates to quick cash-in and you get a two-for-one bonus of good news. If your kids are fans of the movies then there is no reason not to pick up this enjoyable romp in the universe. Lack of co-op hurts the overall score, but what is here is a fun romp from beginning to end. I trust there are no hardcores out there considering picking this up, and if you are (even just for Achievements), rent it first. The game clocks in at less than three hours with a skilled gamer at the helm, but kids interested in taking Sid and his friends on a fun journey will find plenty to love.
Games Master (Jul 14, 2009)
It falls short of an unqualified recommendation at full-price because of a difficulty curve that’s more or less flatlined, and the sometimes glacial (as in ‘ice age’, ha!) pace of the action. But it’s never boring, and doesn’t that count for a lot?
Overall I think this is a really fantastic game to the little Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs movie lovers in your house. It's just not such a wonderful game for the rest of us.
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, like the movie of the same name, it won’t win any awards for breaking the mold or taking any gameplay risks. But the game accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do, and I can’t really complain about that. There are plenty of fun movie-inspired platforming levels, and the unlockable multiplayer modes certainly add some replay value. If you or someone you know loves the Ice Age franchise, then this game will certainly please fans without giving them too much of a challenge.
gamrReview (Aug 04, 2009)
In conclusion, Ice Age Dawn: of the Dinosaurs, isn’t perfect, but as a movie tie-in, it stands well above the rest when it comes to competent level design, graphics and voice work. You can really tell that a lot of effort went into this game. The game does have a few faults, such as the short playtime, somewhat vapid minigames and multiplayer, and a confusing story for those who have not watched the movie. For the target audience, this will not matter, and any child should have fun with this game.
Gaming Age (Jul 28, 2009)
All together, it's a really decent effort at making a fun kid's title that both parents and kids will enjoy, but it's not going to replace your favorite platformer anytime soon. Still, it's a better effort out of Eurocom than I've seen in the past, and I really hope they expand upon that for their next licensed title. If you're looking for a fun, family friendly title to pick up this summer that you can play with your kids, then you can't do better than Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. It's definitely enjoyable, just not as polished as a AAA title might be.
67 (Jul 03, 2009)
Inhaltlich bekommt man eine gelungene Mischung bekannter und beliebter Elemente, die handwerklich sehr solide zusammengefügt wurden. Technik und Schwierigkeitsgrad allerdings sind für Sorgenfalten verantwortlich. Letzteres, weil es nur jüngeren oder höchst selten spielenden Familienmitgliedern eine Herausforderung bietet und vorrangig auf "Durchkommen" angelegt ist; Ersteres, weil die fehlende Optimierung für die verschiedenen Systeme zu deutlich wird.
65 (Jul 10, 2009)
L'Age de Glace 3 est un jeu de plates-formes tout à fait classique et sans surprise mais efficace et que les plus jeunes sauront apprécier. Bon complément du film dont il n'omet aucun passage clé, il tient sa force du fait que l'on incarne 6 personnages différents, dans des phases qui ne le sont pas moins. Principal regret : les doublages officiels ont été substitués par des voix qui dépaysent beaucoup...
65 (Jul 05, 2009)
I struggle to recommend it to a childless adult as really, why would you in your right mind buy a full price game aimed at children? However, if you are a parent who is looking for a game to play with their child that both of you can enjoy: this succeeds quite admirably. It even offers a multiplayer mode if you want to compete together, although this consists solely of mini-games rather than any co-operative sections within the game. Just make sure you keep an eye on things so you can take over when the action gets too taxing, you don't want your child to learn that throwing a controller at the TV is terrific stress relief.
IGN (Jul 08, 2009)
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is a game that should satisfy the franchise's young fan base. It's got the characters they know and love, it's got a bunch of different gameplay types bundled together to keep hold of short attention spans, and it shouldn't be too difficult. Still, the game probably won't appeal to players outside of that limited demographic -- it's way too easy, characters float on top of stuff, some of the voices are annoying, and so on. I personally enjoyed the variety of gameplay and chasing the Achievements for challenges, but I wouldn't recommend this to anyone but an Ice Age super-fan under the age of 10.
GameSpot UK (Aug 04, 2009)
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs provides a good deal of variety and the occasional funny moment. However, it doesn't offer any real challenge, and the experience is short lived. While the action and platforming sections are fun to play, the racing and shooter levels are too simplistic and require only a modicum of skill and some button mashing to complete. The multiplayer modes, meanwhile, vary wildly in terms of quality. Ice Age is a game that younger players and fans of the movie will enjoy, but it's a game that attempts to cover a lot of bases without doing anything particularly well.
Game Informer Magazine (Sep 22, 2009)
Most of the challenges are enjoyable (albeit lax on difficulty), but hardly any are in satisfying doses. I was left wanting more, and wondering why solid gameplay sections were only used once.
Looki (Jun 26, 2009)
Ice Age 3 ist zum Glück nicht die totale Katastrophe, die man bei einer Lizenzumsetzung am Anfang vermuten mag. Im Gegenteil, es kann sogar Spaß machen, wenn man über die fehlenden originalen Synchronsprecher sowie die grafische Lieblosigkeit hinwegsehen kann. Dafür sorgen dann vor allem die einfallsreichen Minispiele, die die einheitliche Plattformhüpferei gekonnt aufpeppen. Die acht Minispiele im Multiplayer-Modus bringen ebenfalls Spielspaß mit sich und können unter Freunden oder mit der Familie für lustige Momente sorgen. Dennoch: Das Problem von Ice Age 3 ist und bleibt die Technik, die leider nur zweckmäßig ausgerichtet ist und heutzutage keinen mehr vom Hocker haut. Eine Kaufempfehlung kann man deshalb wohl nur Casual-Gamern aussprechen, die sich mit Sid und Co. unbedingt ins virtuelle Abenteuer stürzen wollen. Hardcore-Gamer bietet Ice Age 3 hingegen nichts, was man nicht schon gesehen hätte.
Video Game Talk (Aug 09, 2009)
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is a straight-forward children’s release that doesn’t push the envelope in any way. It’s a by-the-numbers movie-to-game title that offers little in terms of surprise, virtually no challenge, and ultimately is a forgettable experience. The multiplayer modes and collectables will keep kids entertained longer than they should be, and because of that I’d say this one at least deserves a rent if you have kids who loved the film. Just don’t be surprised if you see them playing something else after a couple of hours.
XBox Evolved (Jul 11, 2009)
Dawn of the Dinosaurs has a very smooth and understandable story unlike a lot of games geared toward the younger audience. Cut scenes and load scenes follow every one of the levels in which the lovable Sid the Sloth and candid Diego the Sabretooth are telling stories of their family adventures leading up to the birth of Ellie and Manny’s children. Each story leads to a level in which you are meant to find three crystals, (more if you check out the trade shack), that are being hunted to appease Ellie. Along the way you are chased by dinosaurs, attacked by plants and introduced to Buck. He then becomes their hero leading the way with wall jumps, rock climbs, and “surfing” through the jungle.